Military Unit Cohesion and The Repeal of ŇDonŐt Ask, DonŐt TellÓ


Department of Defense, Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of ŇDonŐt Ask, DonŐt TellÓ, November 30, 2010.


Opinion by Judge Virginia A. Phillips, Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America et al.


MacCoun, R. J., & Hix, W. M. (2010).  Cohesion and performance.  In National Defense Institute (collective authorship), Sexual orientation and U.S. military policy: An update of RANDŐs 1993 study.  Santa Monica: RAND.  Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as part of the 2010 Pentagon evaluation of the DonŐt Ask DonŐt Tell policy.  (Note: The chapter reviews 17 years of new research since my 1993 cohesion analysis.)

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MacCoun, R. J. (2003). ŇDonŐt ask, donŐt tellÓ and military unit cohesion. In A. Belkin and G. Bateman (eds.), DonŐt ask, donŐt tell: Debating the gay ban in the military (pp. 77-81). Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers.

MacCoun, R. J., & Schlossman, S. (2000, January 3). What's germane is a soldier's behavior. (Essay on RAND's proposed alternative to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.) Los Angeles Times, National Edition, A13.

MacCoun, R. J. (1996). Sexual orientation and military cohesion: A critical review of the evidence. In G. M. Herek, J. B. Jobe, & R. Carney (Eds.), Out in force: Sexual orientation and the military. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

National Defense Research Institute (1993). Sexual orientation and U.S. military personnel policy: Policy options and assessment (Report to the Secretary of Defense). Santa Monica, CA: RAND. (Collective authorship.) [Excerpts from executive summary reprinted in Harpers magazine, November 1993, 26-27.] [Click here for RAND's Research Brief on this report.][Click here for Title Page, Author List, Executive Summary and Overview Chapter ]

MacCoun, R. J. (1993). Unit cohesion and military performance. In National Defense Research Institute, Sexual orientation and U.S. military personnel policy: Policy options and assessment (pp. 283-331). Santa Monica, CA: RAND.